It’s the last Friday of January.
Where did this first month of 2022 go?!??
Whether you’re someone who makes New Year’s resolutions or not, it’s important to track the passage of time, so you can evaluate what you’re doing with it as it goes by. That one precious life, you know?
Now that we’re 1/12th of our way through another year, what are some ways you can be intentional about the way you manage the rest of it?
Here’s an idea — something you can do regardless of how stressed you feel right now given the still-real realities of the pandemic and everything (plus that whole thing where you’re applying to grad school which is inherently stressful), or how confident, about your life and the next steps you’re attempting to pull off.
There’s this cool service called FutureMe where you can write a letter to your future self.
Why not sit down and do that sometime today or this weekend?
Maybe you’re not one for journaling. Well, this is a nifty way to still get some of those benefits! You can capture what your life is like right now. what you’re worried about, what your hopes and dreams are for the future. What you wish will happen, and hope will not. What the status is of your mental health, of your safety and security and that of your family and closest friends, how your relationship with your partner is going or how you feel about the fact that you don’t have a partner right now. What your interests are and how you’re moving forward in pursuing them and making time for the things that are important. The ways you’re improving yourself based on new skills you’re trying to learn or the ways you’re showing up at work, or whatever growth edges you have defined for yourself in terms of new experiences to gain or new things to become exposed to in ways that will help you to change.
Or if you’re one of those journaling types, put all of that down in the pages of your journal if you haven’t done so already.
(Oh hey: Did you ever notice how similar the words “journey” and “journal” are? There’s definitely a relationship between these things!)
If you’re feeling low and kinda struggling right now, you could go ahead and share that with your Future Self too. No reason not to. That Future Self is likely to be in a different place, and it may be an interesting experience later on, to look back on what you were dealing with right now, with increased perspective and compassion for the challenges you’re in.
The turn of the calendar page is often an opportunity for reflection and re-energizing oneself towards next steps and phases of growth. A lot of people seem to have skipped that in January 2022, as it just feels like we’re in an endless loop of stuckness around the pandemic.
Even if you are one who made a point of setting intentional goals back on January 1st or 2nd, today is January 28th, which probably feels quite different already from how you were experiencing life then. It could be an interesting exercise to take yourself through now, and see what you are able to discover as a result of such self-reflections!
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